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Fathers Day Special – Bring Your Man! Community Class

Fathers Day Special Yoga Class


Wishing all dads and dads-to-be, a wonderful day this Sunday.

CYS is offering a one-off Fathers’ Day special Yoga Class this Sunday 2 September from 11:30am to 12:45pm.

All men can join in on this class for FREE! Women and children can also attend free-of-charge, as long as you bring a man with you 🙂

This special class is our way of giving back to the community. It is important for you to book ahead of time, as space is limited to 25 mats/ participants. Book via our timetable here.

This class is to be guided by Gregory Barnes who runs our specialised ‘Men’s Yoga’ classes, on Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:30AM, and Fridays 12:15-1:15PM. You can book for these drop in classes via our timetable.

Book for our Fathers Day community event here.

Bring the family along this Fathers Day. Spread the word to friends and family!

Have a great week 🙂

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Christmas 2017 – $75 Unlimited Yoga Deal

As a special gift to you, we’re offering a red hot Christmas deal of $75 UNLIMITED Yoga – enjoy 40+ classes over 4 weeks. The offer is for the modified timetable period – Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.

Our Christmas special unlimited yoga period is designed to offer you continuity of practice which is key to personal transformation. The classes running during this period are well-rounded and are designed to meet your need for rejuvenation and recalibration before the new year.

** Classes are appropriate for all levels of practise, and your teachers will be offering variations for each pose to make practise as accessible as possible.


***Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here.***



For ease of reference, here’s a PDF of the holiday schedule. Feel free to print off and use on the go. Kindly note, we’re closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. In addition, classes may be subject to change, so please always double check our live online timetable.


Take Advantage of TWO Yoga Intensive Programs (INCLUDED)

INCLUDED in your$75 Unlimited Pass, are two Yoga Intensive Programs. Yoga intensives are a progressive series of consecutive classes designed to optimise mind-body awareness and wellbeing. If you have purchased our special $75 Unlimited Pass, or if you’re on direct debit, you have full access to the following two intensive programmes:


Niki De Domenico Core Yoga IntensiveNiki De Domenico 4-Day Core Yoga Intensive
27-30 December (12:00-1:00pm)

Core Yoga helps build awareness, strength and stamina in our core—physically, mentally and emotionally. Physically we need a strong yet subtle core for almost every pose, and off the mat, for stability and for longevity. But don’t equate Core Yoga with a flat belly or six-pack abs—while these are worthy fitness goals for some. Core Yoga has so much more to offer then toning up the abs!

Core Yoga improves posture, balance and breathing. It helps to reduce back pain and creates safer-movement patterns. Core Yoga can even help increase athletic performance (if that’s your thing!). A strong core not only strengthens your body but also your mental and emotional wellbeing. You are more resilient to life’s ups and downs when you live from your core, centred and calm.

Core Yoga is a slow, floor-based practise, where we focus on key muscles—abdominals, pelvic muscles, mid-and-lower back muscles and hip muscles—while maintaining breath and present-moment awareness. By practising this way, we can relax the mind, oxygenate and detoxify the body as well as heal and improve our wellbeing. Remember, if you sit, stand, walk or do nearly any kind of activity: you’re using your core!

If your core could use a tune up during the holiday season, then come along to our Core Yoga Intensive.

All levels welcome!

To reap the full benefits you need to sign up for and attend all 4 sessions in this intensive. Your $75 Unlimited pass or your direct debit pass makes you eligible to attend this intensive. Bookings are essential – reserve your spot online now.


Jon Smillie - Vinyasa IntensiveJon Smilie 5 Day Vinyasa Intensive
8-12 Jan (7:00-8:00am)

In this 5-day intensive, we’ll be working with Tapas (that burning fire within) in Abhyasa (practice that aims at achieving a tranquil state of mind) – i.e. a regular, focused practice with some intensity – to burn through Samskara (mental impressions) and set a new pattern that resonates with you for the new year.

What’s on offer is a dynamic, Hatha-based flow, progressing through many of the classic poses, and revisiting these poses on successive days to build depth, strength, and purpose. Clearing obstructions in the physical body, and recharging the energetic body, this fast-track period of practice will establish a new foundation to take you forward in the new year.

Who is this intensive appropriate for?
This intensive is ideal for competent beginners and regular practitioners. Poses will be straightforward – Jon will cue a steady flowing sequence, and invite you to take rests as needed to regulate your own intensity. Practise is accessible – you can just drop back in and re-join when you’re ready to go again. All levels of experience can be accommodated in these classes.

To reap the full benefits you need to sign up for and attend all 5 sessions in this intensive. Your $75 Unlimited pass or your direct debit pass makes you eligible to attend this intensive. Bookings are essential – reserve your spot online now.


***Buy your unlimited Xmas pass here.***


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NEW Prana Kriya Class (Sat) – What is Prana Kriya? Why practise?

New Prana Kriya Yoga Classes with Emily Victoria

Here at CYS, we strive to offer you a choice of representative and authentic pathways through yoga. There is such a tendency in life towards homogeneity, to apply a one-size-fits-all model, but the reality is that whilst we share the same overall template, you as an individual are unique. Yoga is about self-awareness and quieting the mind enough to listen to your truth, and some styles of yoga may help you more than others.

With this in mind, I am pleased to introduce Prana Kriya Yoga to our timetable and welcome our first certified Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, Emily Victoria, to the studio.  In addition to Prana Kriya, Emily isxt a certified Vinyasa Hatha instructor who brings with her a wealth of experience. Read more about Emily, her Prana Kriya Yoga journey and how she can support you here.

Regular Saturday 5:30-6:30PM Prana Kriya Class – Starts Saturday 7 October

After a successful 3-Class Introductory Prana Kriya Practise last August, we are pleased to introduce Prana Kriya as a regular addition to our timetable. Explore this powerful practise – book online through our timetable today.

What is Prana Kriya?

Prana kriya yoga is an energetic yet accessible style of practise that increases vitality and health through a series of exercises (kriyas) which combines physical movement with breath work. You will find this style of practise strengthening and re-energizing the whole body and mind, whilst being calming, meditative and trance-like, reminiscent of ancient movement. It works on a physical and subtle body level, moving the energies in the body and re-vitalising them. It helps rejuvenate the brain and spinal centres, allowing transformation and freedom from limiting beliefs and old behavioural patterns.

“I still remember the first few Prana Kriya classes I attended. It was not like any form of yoga I had ever experienced before. It was energetic, lots of repeated body movements, lots of left and right brain coordination, lots of breath work (inner and outer retention) and some truly mesmerising movements which struck me somewhere deeply, somehow reminding me of ancient times, being connected to something universal. I left these classes feeling completely invigorated. Like I had shaken all the cob-webs from my mind and body loose. I walked away lighter and freer.”  – Emily Victoria

Prana Kriya can be very effective in helping you achieve your goals and aspirations – material, emotional and spiritual.  Learn more about Prana Kriya Yoga – book through our timetable today.

May you continue to be courageous and creative in your journey through yoga. I hope these different pathways allow you glimpses to all the different dimensions to your soul.


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NEW SUNDAY CLASS – Ashtanga Blend with Gail Robertson

Gail Robertson - Canberra Yoga Space

We are pleased to announce a wonderful new addition to our teachers – Gail Robertson.  Commencing this Sunday 26 February, Gail will be instructing an Ashtanga Blend Class from 5:15-6:30PM. Read more on what an Ashtanga Blend below. Sign up to this class through our timetable.

Gail Robertson is a very highly regarded senior teacher in the industry. Welcome Gail 🙂

Experienced Yoga Teacher Gail Robertson

Gail is a certified yoga instructor in Still Point and Ashtanga Yoga. She has been practising yoga in many ways for almost 30 years, and teaching for nearly two decades in Canada and Australia. The teachings of Sri Pattabhi Jois and teacher training with David Swenson in 2000 influenced her to practice and teach the traditional sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

Her Sivananda certified instructor, Glenn Mifsud of Still Point in Canada, also led her to complete her first teacher training in 1998. Gail also brings with her  extended experience with other dimensions to the yoga industry, including experience in television, running a studio, and holding yoga retreats.

Read more about how Gail can support you with your yoga journey here.

Kindly note that the Sunday restorative class is on a new adjusted earlier time-slot at 3:45-5pm from this weekend.

Enjoy this amazing new classes. Have a great practice, and enjoy the weekend ahead.


Ashtanga Blend includes a shortened version of the Primary Series to allow a variety of postures to be experienced. As a gentle to moderate version of Ashtanga, it is suitable for all levels; from beginner to more experienced practitioners.

The classes include optional physical challenges offered throughout a dynamic flow leading towards a final guided meditation as part of a 10 minute savasana

The emphasis in this style of yoga is on building physical strength and flexibility, while developing concentration and focused breath awareness, to create a mental and physical release. Some yoga experience is recommended. Not appropriate for pregnant women.


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Happy Australia Day – we are OPEN!

Happy Australia Day - We are OPEN

Happy Australia Day on Thursday. CYS studio is open – business as usual. We look forward to seeing you on the mat. Click here to sign up through our timetable.

Thursday – we have our

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Naomi
  • 12-1pm Vinyasa Hatha with Simon
  • Beginners course (pre-enrolled only) at 6pm
  • 7:30 Yoga Synergy with Pippa

Friday – we have,

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Liz
  • 10-11am Kids Yoga with Niki (Book here)
  • 12:15-1:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy
  • 5-6:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy

See you on the mat 🙂


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Unlimited Yoga Classes over the holidays

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the Xmas holidays

Come and try unlimited yoga classes over the upcoming Xmas holiday period. The pass will run from Monday 19 December to Sunday 15 January, and allows you to attend as many classes as you like over this period. It only costs $69 for over 30 classes. Click here to sign-up.

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the holidays

If you are a beginner or have completed our beginners course, this pass is suitable for you. What you are getting is access to over 30 classes prepared for an advanced beginner student. It also included two different styles of yoga for you to experience – restorative Yoga with Niki De Domenico, and Yoga Synergy with Pippa Matthews.

Please note: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the strongest of all the yoga styles. You are welcome to attend this class, and your unlimited pass will allow it, but be aware that it is strong practise suitable for individuals who are physically fit and with previous yoga experience. If you do attend – remember to practice at your own pace.

Once you have enrolled, you can book your classes through our online timetable.

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Class cancelled – Friday 30 September @ 12:15pm

PLEASE NOTE – Muriel’s 12:15PM (lunchtime) class on Friday 30 September 2016 has been CANCELLED. It will back to normal next week.

Check out our timetable.

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FREE Yoga Classes – International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga 2016The second International Day of Yoga will be celebrated on Tuesday 21 June 2016.

As part of this day of unity and community, Canberra Yoga Space is offering two FREE community yoga classes on 21 June. They are both Vinyasa Hatha Classes (Moderate-to-Strong Intensity) at 6:15am to 7:15am and 7:30pm to 8:45pm.

PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you sign-up for either class prior to attending as the studio has the capacity to accommodate 24 mats. Sign up here.

Background – International Day of Yoga

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India that can transform both body and mind. On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.

The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by Honourable Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014. During his address he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Mr. Narendra Modi suggested the June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga. Mr. Narendra Modi had said that, “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”

Source: International Day of Yoga official website

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International Day of Yoga 21 June 2016 Canberra

International Day of Yoga 2016 in CanberraThe second International Day of Yoga will be celebrated on Tuesday 21 June 2016.

As part of this day of unity and community, Canberra Yoga Space is offering two FREE community yoga classes on 21 June – Vinyasa Hatha Classes (Moderate-to-Strong Intensity) at 6:15am and 7:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you sign-up for either class prior to attending as the studio has the capacity to accommodate 24 mats. Sign up here.

You may also be interested in attending events around Canberra organised by Yoga Australia in conjunction with the Indian High Commission – Find out more here.

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David Chauncy joins the team at CYS

David Chauncy joins the team at CYSWe are very pleased to welcome David Chauncy to the team at Canberra Yoga Space. Join David for early morning dynamic flowing mindful practise – he is teaching two morning classes a week. David’s first class begins this SATURDAY 7 May from 7-8:15AM. Sign up through our timetable.

  • SATURDAY mornings 7:00-8:15am from this Sat 7 May 2016
  • WEDNESDAY mornings 6:15-7:15am from NEXT Wed 11 May 2016

Find out more about how David can help support your wellbeing here.

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